McLean, VA – Abdikar Aden, a Muslim cabbie, was allegedly subjected to an anti-Muslim rant so bad that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is pursuing hate crime charges against Jessica Crabbe, the alleged ranter.
Not entirely unlike the Dunkin’ Donuts racist rant from a few weeks ago, Crabbe’s anti-Muslim rant was reportedly caught on tape. She chased a string of expletives with a call to the police, during which she explained that she was afraid for her life because Aden, her cabbie, was “very Muslim.”
Aden also claimed that Crabbe poked him in the shoulder repeatedly.
The Council on American Islamic Relations is representing Aden, and asked to prosecute the case due to the nature of Crabbe’s alleged attack.
“(T)he assault is made even more deplorable because it was based on Mr. Aden’s faith alone,” wrote a CAIR attorney, adding that the office “can send the message that bigoted acts of violence have no place in Fairfax County.”
The group believes that the case should be prosecuted as a hate crime.
The woman who allegedly attacked Aden was not available for comment. She was apparently with a companion during the “attack,” and she denied that she ever struck Aden in the police report. She paid her $50 fare after Aden finally pulled over, and another cab came to take Crabbe and her companion to their destination.
It’s unknown what set off the confrontation, but Aden said that Crabbe assumed that he was Muslim, and said that all Muslims come to the U.S. to save up money for terrorism.
She started poking his shoulder and threatening to have him deported. He pulled over and called 911.
Crabbe then called 911 herself, and from there is where Aden started recording her rant. In the four minute recording, she says:
“Oh, he is Muslim, so I’m a little afraid,” also calling Aden “very Muslim” and saying, “I have some Muslim guy, which I am very scared, who is our taxi driver, who’s pulled over, and I’m afraid.”
The companion tries to calm her down, and suggests that Aden is “a good guy.”
“This guy’s Muslim. Are you kidding me? Muslim. He’s not a good guy,” she retorts.
Aden has since stopped working nights, fearful that another confrontation like that could turn violent.
Even though there is a recording out there somewhere (according to the Associated Press) we can’t seem to find it anywhere on the Internet (and we usually know where to look).
Do you think that Abdikar Aden’s anti-Muslim run-in should be prosecuted as a hate crime?
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